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deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recovery. economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress in 2013. and we've seen signs of this progress over the last several weeks. home prices continue to climb. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing has been strong. and we've created more than six million jobs in the last 35 months. but we've also seen the effects that political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn-out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions. so we've been reminded that while it's critical for us to cut wasteful spending, we can't just cut our way to prosperity. deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs, and it will slow down our recovery. it's not the right thing to do for the economy. it's not the right thing for folks who are out there still lo
deficit will be under $1 trillion for the first time since president obama took office. the c.b.o. also estimates the economy will grow 1.4% this year with unemployment remaining around 8%. c.b.o. director sat down with reporters this afternoon to discuss the economic and budget forecast. >> hello. thank you all for coming. i'm the director of the budget office. c.b.o. just released its outlook for the federal budget and the economy over the next decade. i'd like to tell you a little bit about if and then my colleagues and i will be happy to take your questions. our analysis shows that the united states continues to face very large economic and budget challenges. under current law we expect that the unemployment rate will remain above 7.5% through next year. that would make 2014 the sixth year in a row with unemployment so high. the longest such period in 70 years. also under current law, we expect the budget deficits over the next decade would total about $7 trillion. with deficits so high, the federal debt held by the public would remain a larger percentage of g.d.p. as in any year be
the real question here is, how do we reduce our deficits in a way that does not hurt the economy right now, but does make sure that as the economy improves that public spending is not -- and deficit spending is not squeeze the out by private investment. for the last couple years the problem has been opposite. we have seen less private investment, so the moneys the federal government has spent have been very important to helping the economy from going into free fall. . there is no doubt that we have to deal with the balanced approach and that's where the debate lies in how we should do that. again, our republican colleagues have said no to the balanced approach. they said no to the plan that we offered to prevent the sequester. they wouldn't allow a vote on the plan we offered to prevent the sequester that's going to hit on march 1 and which our republican colleagues in statement after statement on this floor have said is going to hurt the economy and which we know from the last quarter's economic report is already hurting the economy just because businesses are anticipating the possibility
are takkng to reduce thh deficit and promote econooic growth.. 3 just days after news thht the economy as shrunk slightly in the fourth uarter of 2012, presidenn obama says the recovvry issshowwng signn & of growth. the president sat down with c-b-s' scott pelley forrannexccusive innerview aheaddof the superr -3 bowl.marianne rafferty hassmore. 3 ooama says: "housing is 3 going strong, car sales are uu. the truth is overall here were a lottof ositive signs eeonomy is taking a step forward, but some economisss say ii's on a slow path. -3 some say one offthe things polding up progress is folkss in washinggon. president obama is ccaling on lawmakers toowork together on a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and promote economii growth. but continued gridlock may pmpact a deal.dowd: republicans are unwilling to let's ddficit spend in order 3&&pare unwilliig to address -3 government ssending, so they -3 deficit spend, both sides, wwich iswhy the country does not rust washington. -& while thh wwite house and 3
, and in terms of the sequester, i agree with the last guest. in many ways between the fed and the deficit spending on the deficit level, even though it's going to be smaller this year, it's hard to beat, that so i think the sequester, where we really demonstrate that the growth in many ways is paid for because when you stop it's going to take away jobs, those kind of black reality swans will be the issue for the market ahead. >> brian gendron, where are you on this and how do you want to be invested? >> we don't think this rally is over entirely. if you extrapolate a 5% or 6% return we've had so far this year, we'll have one of the greatest stock markets of all time in the face of, you know, good earnings but not great earnings, in the face of still slow growth. i think that's a little unrealistic so we'll probably get a little bit of a pullback, unusual if we didn't. still recommending a substantial allocation to equities. this year looks like last year, political uncertainty. last year was a good year for stocks. as for stocks versus bonds, i've been thinking it was the end of a 30-year
melissa francis. lori: i am lori rothman. we will learn how hi our deficits could rise. melissa: we will hear from the president in just a couple minutes. we will bring you the remarks live. lori: immigration reform also on the top earner today. we will hear from business leaders on how reform should be done. lou dobbs weighs in. melissa: our very own charlie gasparino goes one-on-one with municipal analyst. that should be very interesting. lori: let's get things started with the latest addition of stocks now. the 20 you see volatility here. the fix is to the downside today on a day where we are gaining triple digits, unlike yesterday where we love triple digits. the majority of the dow components are in the green. we have economic numbers showing expanding numbers in the u.s. service. we will take a look at a longer term chart. back to you. lori: thank you, as always. melissa: breaking news. the budget office releasing the latest numbers. what we can expect our deficit to be. rich: $845 billion for this year. this is the first time in five years. let's take a look at the next ten y
to face and i think much more important is the very large, long run deficit that a thing all of us want our policymakers to come together and address how we're going to do with it. i think that's unfortunate will have to be front and center in the next year coming up with that. i sure hope it is. >> let's see, i think first thing just to mind ourselves out is that the impact of it president on the short-term macro economy is almost always exaggerated. presidents can have a big impact on the economy in the medium term and long run, largely -- and while the fed has cut aid to help they can should have a much bigger short-term effect, we immediately looked to the white house and said what are you going to be about the economy right now? dr. romer and i would have to go on tv and there is points and talk about the job supports and what would happen over the course of the next month and the thing that is so frustrating note in fact not much that you were doing action has a direct result what will happen over the course of the next month. i think it is interesting how the debate has shifted.
of office today protected the state of the economy. they said two things. number one, the deficit this year is going to come in lower trim dollars, the first time in the obama years. and they also said we're only goal going to great growth of 1.4%. they're saying if you cut spending, you will cut the deficit. if you raise taxes, you will cut the deficit. they're saying the exact opposite to you. >> doesn't make sense. i don't think the government is going to collect all the new revenues they're protecting because when you start taxing investors, small businesses, they tend to cut back and don't have the profits to pay taxes on. the presidentes distracting from the real conversation, stewart. we have to cut spending. there are many areas of the government where we duplicate other areas, where there's wasteful spending. we need to move some things back to the states and need to make a commitment to balance our budget within ten years. if we do that, we see our markets and our economy improve almost overnight. >> quickly, jim, do you predict dealt disaster if you raise taxes? >> i think our de
we are projected to the a big deficit below one of a trillion for the first time in five years. later, the mayor of san antonio and justified -- testifies on capitol hill about immigration policy. some of the automatic spending cuts delayed in december are scheduled to take effect next month. on the next "washington journal," we will talk about those cuts and program such as medicare and social security. severna, 40 5:00 a.m. eastern. our guest is from texas, and at 8:0020, a democratic congressman, henry waxman, of california, on efforts to combat climate change. your phone calls and tweeds, "washington journal," 7:00 a.m. on c-span. president obama announced his plan to avoid automatic spending cuts known as sequestration scheduled to begin march 1. it is including tax changes. the president spoke to reporters for just over five minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i wanted to say a few words about the looming deadlines and decisions that we face on our budget and on our deficit, and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recove
for the next 10 years showing how the deficit affects the economy. rich reds and is in d.c. >> in the long term it slows us down the cbo forecast $845 billion budget deficit the first of less than $1 trillion annual deficits continue to shrink when they begin increasing deficits but in the next 10 years they will add almost $7 trillion to the national debt and 76 trillion by 20203. the national debt compared to the economy stabilizes and climbs much higher in the future. the director of the cbo says the primary culprit is health care spending. >> we still see substantial growth of health care spending over the 10 years and beyond. because of the number of people who will be eligible for medicare will be rising sharply. gerri: they expect gdp to rise this year and next year an average of 3.6% after that and then slowing. cbo expects unemployment average 8% this year and seven points six% next year that is the first time that has happened in 70 years. with the recent tax increases and spending cuts the cbo says it will cost 1.2 5% percentage points of gdp but with deficits reduce it boost growth
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office, assumes no change in current laws, 2013 fiscal year budget deficit, $845 billion. cbo projects first time below $1 trillion since 2008, 5% of gdp, well below the peak of 2009. saying deficits decline as a percentage of gdp could dip as low as 2.4% in 2015. then they start to rise again in 2016. that 10-year-old cbo deficit projection increased overall to 4.6 trillion for the 2013 decade up from $20.2 trillion in it's previous. cbo sees real gdp growing 1.4% in 2013, the sub died growth limits businesses to hire more workers, cbo projecting unemployment rate to stay near 8% this year, also expecting unemployment rate to remain above 7.5% through 2014. debt and deficits will be larger, the cbo says, if current laws were modified and rising health care cost and increased federal health care subsidies, spending cuts and higher taxes with offset deficit increases long-term says the cbo. over and over again this report talks about those short-term budget decisions on the horizon including march 1st, the automatic spending reductions, sequester. what does congress and the white house
stood here as your new governor wisconsin was facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit. property taxes had gone up 27% over the previous decade, increasing every year and the unemployment rate was 7.8%. today wisconsin has a $34 million surplus. property taxes on median value home went down each. last two years the unemployment rate, well, it is down to 6.7%. [applause] we're turning things around. we're heading in the right direction. we're moving wisconsin forward. and unlike other states we avoided significant tax increases, massive layoffs and cuts in programs like medicaid. instead we put in place long-term structural reforms that helped us balance state and local government budgets for years to come. what we did was think more about the next generation than we did about the next election and it worked. but the first time in our state's history we set machine any aside in two consecutive years for the rainy day fund. our bond rating is solid and our pension system is the only one in the country that is fully funded. [applause] we made tough but prudent decisions to get our fiscal hous
, the driving passion for mr. boehner in these fiscal debates is his conviction that trillion deficits are sapping the country of its energy and prosperity. trillion deficits, his driving passion. everybody loves john boehner's passion. but this is supposedly what he feels so passionate about. this is a chart of the country's budget deficit levels every year. red bars are president bush's deficits from 2008 and 2009. blue bars are president obama's deficits. those really big bars are when the whole world economy crashed, including ours. remember that? you notice how the deficit gets smaller when the bars are blue over time? see how they're getting shorter as you go to the right? today the congressional budget office released their deficit projection for 2013. so for this upcoming year, the nonpartisan cbo. according to them under president obama the deficit is slated to continue to shrink, as it has been under president obama. but the supposedly gigantic growth of those deficits is why congressional republicans are >>> in march 2007, some of the fine folks at morgan stanley were brains
in the hole this year alone with our deficit, this is a great way to raise tax revenue. let me finish, it would charge an excise tax of 50% of the first sale. 50% of your first dollar would go right to the government. pay $1000 annually just for being tax producers, and they would require the irs to produce a study of industry after two years. once you get the irs involved, my friend, we are talking about a full one industry that will be taxed and it will never go away because the irs is going to want to get money from it. what do you think about a federal tax on marijuana? >> at this point it is premature because only two states down the road could be a good idea, but it is mostly about the states. federal tax on marijuana. i'm talking about blumenauer. is that whe the one you like? >> yes. let's allow the state to legally regulate that stuff. let the states tax them. >> or heard about it for lottery, gambling, tobacco, alcohol, we spend more on the social cost of the problems. gerri: what do you mean? let's have an answer. >> talk about the lost productivity, department of justice r
the deficit through immigration reform. how did it work? president obama held meetings today with top ceos and labor leaders. we have all the latest details. >>> plus the justice department body slammed standard & poor's alleging it defrauded investors over mortgage securities rating. is s&p cooked? john eagan, ceo of eagan jones rating company joins us exclusively to react. >>> the entire electronic industry could be turned upside down. foxconn workers in china will get the first free union vote. these guys produced 40% of the world's electronics. will this push up the price of your smartphone? you might want to embrace for impact. even when they say it's not it is always about money melissa: first let's take a look at today's market moments. stocks recovered after the worst day of the year. solid u.s. and european economic data helped put the bulls back on the track. the dow briefly climbed back above the 14,000 mark and pared session highs closing up 99 points. nasdaq and s&p 500 each gained more than 1%. >>> starting off tonight with president obama's big plan. using immigration reform
. it is protected and accumulated $745 billion budget deficit within the next 10 years. after adding in infrastructure needs and retiree obligation, the deficit soars to $2 billion. even if the city use the reserve fund, it would be empty in three years. we will have the mayor's response tonight at 11:00 -- tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. a scenario that is starting to feel too much like a broken record for americans. a deadline will trigger a one trillion dollars in spending cuts over the next 10 years. what this means for regular folks. >> here is what it boils down to, basically. if huge automatic spending cuts kicks in and the economy slows down, all of us will feel the impact. nearly everyone on both sides in washington would like to avoid that, the question is, how? another day, another dollar, another fiscal fight in washington. the issue now, massive spending cuts. it is called sequestration and we were not supposed to get to this point in the first place. >> this was never intended to happen, it was a proposal that was meant to spur lawmakers into action to come up with a budget t
believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit. the president's sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms. that will start us on the path to balancing the budget in ten years. there is no balance in terms of revenue. the question is are congress and the white house headed for yet another big showdown. to come to us from washington to answer that question is karen bass from california. thank you for coming to the war room. >> thank you for having me again. >> jennifer: you bet. so the republicans are saying that obama's plan as he announced today are dead on arrival. are they serious? is this just posturing before they reach a deal? >> i certainly hope it is because the fact of the matter is we're three weeks away from the hammer falling. what the president has called for is for the republican majority to act responsibly. why on earth would they want to send our economy into another recession. if we can't come to a grand deal by march 1st. what the president has said and the democratic leadership hats said is okay do another short-term proposal but make it ba
the deficit will grow the economy. they quantified that, it will really happen. look a chart showing three different scenarios that could happen. if we add to the deficit we'll see a bump in gross national product in the short-term but the economy could take a major hit in the long run. if we cut the deficit we see a major bump 10 years, down the road. look at that even though the economy will take a hit in the short term. when it comes to the deficit, shouldn't we focus on the long game here i'm wondering? here with more is former director of the congressional budget office, douglas holtz-eakin. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. melissa: i was so excited the cbo finally went out and quantified this and tried to illustrate it to people. anytime you try to make the case we should cut spending short term to help our children down the road or ourselves depending how long you are, people poo-poo that is not like real math s that real math we saw on the bar charts? >> that is real math and the second example of that real math is what the cbo put out which says, suppose you do nothing
is president obama really cares about the deficit. if there is something he noticed in the first two years when the economic crisis had to be front and center, the thing he wanted to deal with was the long-run deficit. the idea that he went on a spending binge if you don't make threats like that is crazy. the evidence is there that he put spending cuts on the table. he asked them for them to be paired with tax increases as well. there is more good will than people realize. more agreement that we have such a big budget problem that will we're going to fire on all cylinders. we have to cut spending. frankly, we have raise more revenue. >> you're listening to the california program and our speakers are economic experts. we are discussing national, regional, and global economic challenges. you can find video online. there's a series of questions around employment and job growth. what what is your outlook on job growth? >> i will start. i think -- i will say i was here last year and i'm more optimistic this year than last year. we made a significant amount of progress. it looks like housing prices h
of the administration, the deficit tripled, the previous record high deficit in this country, to $1.4 trillion. $1.3 trillion in f.y. 2010. $1.3 trillion in 2011, $1.2 trillion in f.y. 2012. and, mr. speaker, there's no plan that the administration has produced to get us from where we are, fiscal irresponsibility, to a point in the future of fiscal responsibility. mr. speaker, we've been doing our part here in the house, we've been proud to work together across the aisle in order to pass budgets that tackle those hard challenges that are ahead of us. if you go and read the president's comments, mr. speaker, you'll see that he recognized the challenges are hard. the question is, are we going to deal with those or not? i hold here, mr. speaker, a speech that the president made to the democratic national convention on september 6, 2012. where he said this, i will use the money that we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work. and my notes here said it was followed by extended cheers and applause. i suspect my friend from massachusetts supports that spirit who
" is next. host: the federal deficit is expected to dip below one trillion. the news comes as republicans and democrats face a march 1 deadline to avoid billions in across-the-board spending cuts. the pentagon announced it will offer benefits to same-sex couples. in the senate is wrapping up work on the violence against women act. and the house will vote on a bill requiring the president to offer a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years. good morning. we begin with your take on the leaked white paper from the white house just fine drone strikes on u.s. citizens overseas. nbc news reported on the memo monday night and it has gotten lots of reaction in washington. what are your thoughts? call -- we want to get your thoughts on social media as well on twitter or facebook. or send us an e-mail. we will get your thoughts in a moment. first, josh gerstein is joining us on the phone. here's your headline -- what was this memo? guest: this is a white paper that looks like it was derived from some confidential legal opinions that the opinions -- opinions that the justice department wrote t
money to reduce the deficit and will likely focus on a familiar target. white house correspondent wendell goaler tells us how that is going over. >> as the president headed to minnesota to talk about gun violence, republicans on capitol hill tried to keep the nation's attention on fiscal matters. >> we are having trouble in large part because spending is a problem. it is what is chasing jobs overseas and causing much anxiety about our future. >> sunday in a presuper bowl interview with cbs's scott kelly mr. obama said this year's changes shouldn't be the last. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down the deficit. he is not talking raising rates but closing loopholes especially those making money from investment pay a lower tax rate than income salaried or hourly wage earn ers. >> the average person doesn't have access to cayman island reports. they don't have access to interest income where they pay a much lower rate on billions of dollars they have earned. >> mr. obama says the only way to continue investing in
economy back to work and create jobs, jobs, jobs. that's what this is about. our deficit has been coming down and the patient approach is to recognize that we actually have time. we should bring the deficit down, but we have time. we should take the cuts off the table and think about how to get the economy going. if people work again, we are on the road to solving the problem. >> to that point and looking at the cuts you have been pointing out to head start and cuts to wic, the women, infant and children nutritional assistant program, they are penny wise and foolish and may be making things worse in the long run. >> i'm glad you raised that, crystal. if you think about the single mom working 12 hours a day and her paycheck does not take her to the end of the month on food. what she realizes and has been a responsible mom, but realizes after she makes the decision to have her child not have an abortion is that her paycheck is not going to help her feed her infant. the women infant children program not only feeds these families, it also teaches them about nutrition and how to be healther a
to the well again. the president insists he needs more money to reduce the deficit and will likely focus on a familiar target. white house correspondent wendell goaler tells us how that is going over. >> as the president headed to minnesota to talk about gun violence, republicans on capitol hill tried to keep the nation's attention on fiscal matters. >> we are having trouble in large part because spending is a problem. it is what is chasing jobs overseas and causing much anxiety about our future. >> sunday in a presuper bowl interview with cbs's scott kelly mr. obama said this year's tax changes shouldn't be the last. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down the deficit. he is not talking raising rates but closing loopholes especially those making money from investment pay a lower tax rate than income salaried or hourly wage earn ers. >> the average person doesn't have access to cayman island reports. they don't have access to interest income where they pay a much lower rate on billions of dollars they have earned. >> m
's pockets but i'm sure it appears and power deficits all over the world. and i don't want to bring up the sisterhood of suffering in this, but certainly stands united and salvation women face a dual burden and the fact they work outside the home, but their work is not considered a contribution to the mainstream economy. certainly pakistan work on the long. so that is why we are putting borel and herbal women at the bottom of the pier made at our development strategies. >> thank you for coming. i want to ask you about the drugs. so pakistan's position is international law under those guidelines a lot to ask, why did she choose them? has pakistan shot drums and if not, the reason i assess this because there's bob pakistan publicly -- >> that may address this is most spokesperson do. they speak to what began in terms of the question and you do ask why -- you ask a question, which is a required complicity in this? let me assure you since we've been in government, there's no question of wink and nod. this is a parliamentary breadline that all government institutions have internalized this
off and watch the deficit go down by what they built into this system, what was intended to be the ultimate stick because they had not been able to resolve longer term solutions to the budget, so these sweeping cuts would help to kind of reset the order and put the country on a path to saving some money. you have republicans now, and fiscal conservatives, particularly, who say that if the sequester does happen, it will be a way to force the country into recognizing the need for further cuts. as some of the measures go into effect, that would create another time of urgency to get to the table and talk about this. the president and senate democrats will talk about additional tax revenue which they thought was settled as a way to put this forward. what is happening where senate democrats are having a retreat, meeting behind closed doors, looking at how long could they delay the sequester, how much time could they buy themselves, and how would they pay pour it? would there be cuts elsewhere or new revenue, some kinds of new tacks? they're trying to resolve that. the president
said this, when i think back myself of may 2010 when the u.k. deficit was at 11%, when you were in office, right? and i tried to imagine what the situation would be like today if no such fiscal consolidation program had been decided, i shiver. that is what the i.m.f. says about the plans of the last labor government. now, he raises the issue of growth. >> order! >> it is not acceptable to shout down either the prime minister or the leader of the opposition and the public have a very low opinion of that kind of behavior. let's hear the questions and hear the answers. the prime minister? >> he raises the issue of america and american growth. the fact is our recession was longer and deeper than the recession in america. the biggest banking bust was not an american bank, it was a british bank. they want to talk about tomorrow because he doesn't want to talk about yesterday when the two people responsible for the regulation of the bank and the performance of our economy are sitting right there on the opposition benches. >> once again, a completely incompensable answer, mr. speaker. i
, investment in this term, and we all recognize the deficit is an issue but it is an issue over a long term, and the balancing act by repealing sequestration creates for us in this country an opportunity to continue to recover and stabilize our economy, invest in thing wes need for the future, and put on the table revenue that is not there that needs to be part of the revenue generation we need in order to deal with the deficit issues of this country and the investment needed for recovery. thank you very much. >> thank you. i'm so happy to be here with the progressive caucus, talking bat sensible alternative. here are the facts. full implementation of the sequestration would threaten 2.4 million jobs. both in the public and the private sector. the congressional budget office has said that sequestration, if allowed to take effect, would reduce economic growth by 1.25% this year. so, there's no doubt that the sequestration would harm the economy. we need to make sure a sequestration is going to be replaced, it isn't replaced with something even worse. the president has already signed into law
will be gradual. and on the downside we have thrown a lot of roadblocks in its path. we have a debt and deficit situation which in the long term are unsustainable, and we're doing absolutely nothing to correct that. nothing. i know cbo's forecast was that we would see modest improvement in the jet crashing into debt-to-gdp ratio the next two years but i don't believe the. i don't like their forecast. i do with 4% growth is going to venture lies with the 0% increase in the interest rate. just don't see it happening. if you get when you're going to get the other one taking up and that will be very, very difficult to maintain a stable or declining debt-to-gdp ratio. but even cbo has a debt-to-gdp ratio picking up at the end of the 10 year horizon. so we have to stabilize the debt. we haven't fixed the debt. and, in fact, we spread the crisis out so that we really won't go a month without one. we have the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. nothing was done in the later part of the year. and then in the 11th hour, actually it wasn't the 11th hour. it was about the 15th hour, two and half hours aft
can't keep spending money we simply do not have. >> tax uncertainty. >> the deficit is still too high. >> gridlock over how to fix it. if it weren't for politicians in washington, 2013 could be a boom year. take a step back. your home, your investments, your job. the three ways most people build wealth are all set to take off. home prices rose 5.5% in november, biggest jump in six years, stocks are at five-year highs, near records. the dow is up 800 points in just four weeks. jobs are coming back. things are looking bright in 2013, but to capitalize, you'll have to get ready. and get smart. because smart is the new rich. company profits are up, home prices are up, markets are way up. sandy, why is this market up? i mean, end of last week, i see gdp actually shrank in the end of 2012 but markets are near records. why? >> i think three different things are going on. we are seeing signs of strength in the economy, notwithstanding the weak gdp figures. there was a lot of temporary stuff going on there. if you look at computer spending, housing in particular, you're seeing signs of strengt
coming into the u.s. and more made in america products shipped overseas, the u.s. trade deficit fell sharply last month. the combination now has economists believing the economy grew in the last few months of 2012, even though data out last week showed the economy fell slightly in the fourth quarter. but a closer look shows some cause for caution. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: the december trade numbers were much better than forecasters expected. the deficit between what the u.s. exports and what we import fell 21% to $38.5 billion. and that means exports likely boosted growth in the last three months of 2012. >> so this is a good sign that exports were a little stronger than we thought when the numbers were first estimated and that is obviously a good sign for the economy. again, the economy is obviously growing way too slowly, but at least on this note, i think it will be revised upward. energy is a now a bright spot for the u.s. economy. thanks to new fracking technology, surging domestic production cut crude oil imports last year by 227 million barrels. but that success was
. . it is not broke. our priorities are broken. there is a misplaced obsession with debt and deficits as the national emergency of our time. that has driven the story line inside the beltway. we did a story on how the austerity cost rules washington. it is a portrait of think tanks, philanthropists and others who have framed in a way so it is hard to tell an alternative story. that has shifted a little because of new voices and forces emerging from the 99% or what ever you want to call it. >> you had better have twitter and facebook involved in the project. >> we do, absolutely. we have all kinds of new media. i agree you need to use all of that. it has been a very powerful force. we use all of that at "the nation. " we have a correspondent right about this in a politically. at occupy wall street in new york a few miles from our office, one thing that struck our correspondent was how many young people came to the square and were caught up in conversations, talking to people and the general assembly's, conversations. so many people have lived in front of their laptop or been part of the new media that
revenue is needed to bring down the deficit but believes it can be done without another tax hike. speaking to cbs news anchor scott pelley yesterday, the president said the u.s. can reduce its deficit by closing tax loopholes and making what he calls smart budget reductions. >> if you combine those things together, then we cannot only reduce our deficit, but we can continue to invest in things like education and research and development that are going to help us grow. >> well, today the president travels to minneapolis where he'll push for proposals to gun control durs his visit. susan mcginnis is in washington. good morning. >> good morning. this will be the president's first trip outside washington to push his gun proposalproposals. he's pushing for a big rally in support of this. in the meantime the senators are said to be preparing their own legislation very similar to the president's employee posal but conspicuously absent is the assault weapons ban. he takes his pitch for gun safety to minneapolis today. he wants congress to require universal background checks, limit how many bullets
was $3.48. the federal budget deficit expected to show short-term improvement this your according to the congressional budget office, declining to $845 billion from 1 trillion. the annual deficit expected to go as low as 430 billion by 2015 before soaring to almost a trillion dollars by 20203. joining us now to assess all of this is former director of the congressional budget office and president of the american action forum. let me start with, the president today insisting that he have, well, new revenue. just so that the congress would have the privilege of somehow saving him from himself and pushing back the impact of this sequester that his white house offered. does it get any more curious than that? >> it just proves we are in a budget another world. the numbers today are living short of terrific. $7 trillion in deficits over the next ten years. is coming after we raise 600 billion in taxes. what does the president say? well, let's not do the spending cuts, which we are counting on to keep it down to 7 trillion. instead to raise taxes, which we already proven does not solve t
really needed was deficit reduction. and this is a period in which we didn't come to a big deficit reduction deal. what we did is raise taxes. it cut the deficit a bit, but not a big deal. what happened to the markets? somehow we kept adding jobs and the stock market did really well. it all worked out reasonably okay. so here is what we learned. cutting government spending hurts economic growth. no doubt about it. that means doing it in a bad economy may not be such a good idea. but increasing taxes a bit, not coming to the big deficit deal. the private sector and even the markets don't seem all that concerned. the last week should cause a lot of people in washington to re-think what they're doing. i am not optimistic that will happen. joining me now, former economic adviser to vice president joe biden, jared bernstein, a man who is always re-thinking what he is doing, how are you? >> i'm fine, ezra. >> and what else did you see in the reports? you got a good eye, what caught yours? >> one thing i saw was the revisions to last year's employment growth was such that i thought we wer
there is a better way to reduce the deficit. he's calling for cuts and reforms that will put us on the path to balancing the budget within ten years. you can see it live. we're keeping an eye on the white house. we'll bring you the president's remarks as soon as he gets to the podium. >>> we are tracking a developing story on new details from the justice department that seem to lay out its case for killing u.s. citizens if they're determined to be a terror risk. the memo first reported by nbc addresses issues raised after recent drone strikes including the one that killed american born al-qaeda leader, but now a bi-partisan group of senators says it wants to know why they were never briefed on what is apparently new presidential authority. chief intelligence correspondent kathryn her image is live with more. >> reporter: this letter signed by eight democrats and three republicans urges mr. obama to produce a highly classified memo that authorized the targeted killing program so that, quote, congress and the public can decide whether the president's power to deliberately kill american citize
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